Cameras with high-speed video recording

Casio, Samsung, Canon cameras that let you shoot slow motion video footage

One of the most awesome features of new compact cameras is high-speed video recording, which essentially lets you record slow-motion video. It's a feature that's hard to get sick of and you'll almost never run out of things to record in slow motion. The way it works is by capturing video at a high frame rate, which, when it's played back at normal speed, looks like it has been recorded in slow motion.

You can get some very interesting footage of your pets running around, of action such as skateboard tricks, or things being broken — basically it can be used to record footage of anything that happens quickly that is likely to look interesting when slowed down. What you don't want to record in high speed is something that happens slowly, as that will just make it look much slower when played back.

The compact cameras we've seen to date that are capable of recording high-speed video can do so at a speed up to 1000 frames per second (fps) — the more frames per second, the slower the footage will look when played back at regular speed.

However, recording at 1000fps doesn't yield nice results at all: the video is generally a very small size and it is laden with noise. It's best to record high-speed video at one of the camera's slowest high-speed settings (confusing, we know), such as 240fps or 220fps. This produces a video that can vary in size, with a couple of examples being 448x336 pixels and 432x320.

One thing to note is that high-speed video recording requires plenty of light in order to give you pleasing results, so where possible, it's best to shoot high-speed video outdoors in natural light. If you will be shooting indoors, note that fluorescent lights can cause a lot of flickering in the footage.

Below are some examples of slow motion footage that were captured with a Casio Exilim EX-FH100 compact camera.

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Canon IXUS 1000 HS

Unfortunately the Canon IXUS 1000 HS didn't 'wow' us as much as we would have liked it to. Chromatic aberration, poor battery life and generally disappointing image results are a real shame considering the specs looked so good.

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  • 21st Jan., 2011
  • Imogen Stuart
  • Canon
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  • Average image quality, chromatic aberration in photos, poor battery life
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  • Shoots high speed footage, tilt shift, 10X optical zoom
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